Salt Lake City, UT – You remember that old Steve Martin joke? "It's like those French people have a different word for everything." You ever wonder how it is we've come to use the collection of words we do, and why they're so different from other places? Today Doug talks about the history of language with the scholar Nicholas Ostler. Ostler says that the story of the world is the story of its languages, and that story is constantly changing, adapting to culture, to power and to technology. (Rebroadcast)
Washington, DC – A bill aimed at slowing down global warming is gathering momentum in the Senate. It would limit carbon emissions from burning oil, coal, and natural gas. As Eric Niiler reports from Capitol Hill, the plan is a hard sell among Utah lawmakers.
Salt Lake City, UT – If the world were suddenly devoid of humans - not one soul left - what would happen to the planet? Though we imagine our structures built to last, it wouldn't take long for streets and buildings to crumble, and nature to move on quite happily. Monday on RadioWest, Alan Weisman takes us on a tour of "The World Without Us."
Visit worldwithoutus.com for multimedia tours of how the planet would change without humans.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1864, the US military forced thousands of Navajos from their homes to march to an internment camp along the banks of the Pecos River. 2,500 died on the way, and over 8,000 were imprisoned at the Bosque Redondo for 4 years. A new KUED documentary explores the Navajo trail of tears and its legacy for native people. Join guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce for a look at The Long Walk.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Walter Isaacson about his biography of Albert Einstein. Isaacson calls Einstein the paramount icon of our age, and his book weaves together Einstein's scientific thinking with his political beliefs and his complicated personal life. The thing that seems to tie it all together is imagination. The story, Isaacson says, is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Web is a decent way of explaining what the internet has become these days, a complicated maze where you can't tell the legitimate information from the commercial interests, the petty mischief, the exaggeration. Today on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting Doug's conversation with Joe Firmage, a native Utahn and something of an internet wunderkind. Joe is a technological visionary who has set his sights on the clutter of the digital age. There's a lot of information out there, just how much of it can you trust? (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on RadioWest, we're profiling some of the winners of the this year's Third Coast Audio Festival from Chicago Public Radio. We're talking to veteran producers from the US and Canada and this year's Best New Artist. Think of it as Sundance for radio. Join Doug for a preview of these some amazing stories.
St. George, UT – A Utah lawmaker is proposing comprehensive legislation to address illegal immigration. Senator Bill Hickman says it's necessary to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants into Utah. Half a dozen similar bills failed in last year's legislative session, but Senator Hickman believes this is the year it will pass. Kerry Bringhurst has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Just how far do you have to go to be a "good" parent? When is it enough with the knee pads, the music lessons and the shopping trips? Wednesday on RadioWest, we're profiling Salt Lake Acting Company's new production Billion Dollar Baby. Doug is joined by playwright Julie Jensen and others for a look at the obsessive parent.
Salt Lake City, UT – KUER continues a series of commentaries from students of color at the University of Utah. They're talking about their educational experiences -- what it's like to be one of the small percentage of minority students representing diversity at the University. Today we hear from Thoong Tan Trong, a Master's student in the Department of Education, Culture and Society at the University of Utah.
Salt Lake City – A coalition of mothers, doctors, scientists and others intent on improving Utah's air quality gathered last week under hazy skies. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on how this issue has brought together several different parts of the community.
Salt Lake City, UT – Reformer and scholar Linda Darling-Hammond says that bureaucratic solutions to weaknesses in the country's education system will always fail. She argues that instead of handing down solutions from "on-high," the school system will improve by focusing on things like high teacher quality and student equity. Monday, we're broadcasting live from the Utah Education Policy Forum, where Darling-Hammond joins Doug to talk about her ideas for change.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're profiling a stage production. We could probably come right out and tell you the title, but it includes words that are difficult to say or print. They're offensive words, packed with the history and baggage of racial discrimination. Three men are touring Utah this month with their theater piece - N*W*C, and they join Doug to talk about the language of race.
Salt Lake City, UT – In the past month, gas prices in Salt Lake City have gone up about 24 cents a gallon, and with the holidays approaching you may be doing a double-take when you fill up your tank. Friday, we're rebroadcasting Doug's conversation with the journalist Lisa Margonelli. She's written a book that explores the vast world connections that make up the oil industry, and she says the price you're paying may actually be ridiculously cheap given the impacts of this complicated, global industry. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Andy Warhol created some of the most recognizable American art - from the still life of the Campbell's soup can to portraits of the rich and famous like Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and John Wayne. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is currently exhibiting a collection of Warhol prints, and Wednesday Doug is joined by a panel of experts to talk about Warhol's life and work.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature passed the nation's broadest school voucher program in its general session earlier this year. It passed by a single vote, and opponents immediately started a referendum campaign that gathered more signatures than were needed to put it on the ballot. A court decision gave citizens the final word on the issue, and they rejected it by a large margin in the November general election.
Salt Lake City, UT – Reaching for his cell phone with a newly delivered picture message, the author Walter Kirn swerved off a snowy two-lane highway and landed in a steep embankment. It was then that he began to rethink the usefulness of technology like the refrigerator-TV set and the camera-phone. In this November's Atlantic Monthly, Kirn writes about multi-tasking and Tuesday he joins Doug to talk about how doing so much is dumbing us down.
Salt Lake City, UT – The voters of Salt Lake City will choose their next mayor on Tuesday. The two men vying to lead Utah's capital are Ralph Becker and Dave Buhler. KUER's Tasha Cook has this election preview.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's school voucher program would provide up to $3,000 for families to send their children to private schools. That's one fact - one of very few - that both sides of the debate agree on. KUER's Dan Bammes talked with officials at some of the real schools and with real families that who could be affected by next week's vote on the issue.
Salt Lake City, UT – Author Edward P Jones spent some 10 years mulling over his novel "The Known World." So when he sat down to write it, the manuscript was finished in only three months. The work also earned him a 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Jones' most recent book is a collection of short stories, All Aunt Hagar's Children, and in it, he shows the same commitment to craft and history and an insight into the human condition. Edward P Jones is in Salt Lake City, and joins us in studio to talk about his work.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday is Halloween, and members of the Plan B Theatre Company will join us to present our third annual live broadcast of radio theater. Utah playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett has created two original plays - Lavender and Exile - based on ghost stories from Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City voters go to the polls next Tuesday to vote on one of the most expensive bonds in city election history. It's a $192 million bond to pay for new police and fire headquarters, an emergency operations center, a west-side fire center, and a public-safety center in the Sugarhouse neighborhood. Law enforcement officials say the projects are critical to the city's future public safety needs.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 2003, as General Tony Zinni waited to speak to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he recounts listening to the "planners" from the Defense Department testify. What horrified him was that there was no plan - no answer to the complexities that America faced in Iraq. In Zinni's book "The Battle for Peace," the former Commander in Chief of CENTCOM lays out his approach to stabilizing the Middle East. General Zinni joined Doug to talk about that vision, and about America's role in world politics. (Rebroadcast)
Logan, UT – In addition to municipal officers and the statewide referendum on school vouchers, voters have less than a week to find out as much as they can about a range of other ballot issues. Kerry Bringhurst reports from Logan about an issue facing voters in several counties of northern Utah -- an array of tax increases to help pay for transportation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Have Oreo Cookies and the mantra "full of flaws" got you flummoxed? With just over a week to Election Day, Jennifer Napier-Pearce leads a panel of journalists in a conversation about Utah's Referendum 1. The debate is a heated one, and Monday, we'll cut through the rhetoric for a look at the pros and cons of school vouchers.